Post University questions
James D Wellborn 325 795 2010 (WELLBOJ@MAIL.FIRN.EDU)
Sun, 19 Oct 1997 06:11:25 -0500
What an OUTSTANDING Saturday at University of Scouting with Gulf Ridge
Council here on Florida's mid-west coast (start at Tampa and do an eliptic
40 by 90 or so ummmm shape). For the 7th year, University of South Florida
has allowed the council the use of the facility at no cost. Explorer Post
77 (apologies if wrong Post #) zap out the computerized registration with
what appeared to be a last minute rush of 2-300 "late" or walk up
registerees. A full day of training classes...BA,MA,initial PhD in Cubs,
Boy S, Exploring, Commish, OA, certification in First Aid, CPR, Aquatics,
Safe Swim and Afloat, Den Leader Training ... and WHAT A COFFEE CUP!
I had finished the PhD in Cubbing (Thesis: Utilization of Supports in
Transition from WEBELOS to First Year Scouts) and was attending the BA in
Boy Scouts and have some pondering that popped up on the drive home (I'm at
nearly the top of the long part of the ellipse)
The PLC ... REAL good presentation on the desired target and
descriptions on how one really works in a boy run Troop (including the
lumps and bumps associated with the learning and development process).
The Troop I'm with appears to be in one of those 'tweener periods.
Currently 35 registered, 15-20 show at meetings, scheduling in a new
Explorer-Venture unit has pulled most of the older Scouts out of a
consistant showing up or assisting in leadership situations. Four patrols,
one with the "new" guys and one with the "old" guys. Good parent support.
Vetern SM (Woodbadge). 4 ASM's (I'm the newest...next WB class starts in
January :->>) New SPL just hit 16 with hormones and perfume influencing
speratic attendance and involvement.
Sports schedule's etc here in the south make having an additional PLC time
or extending (pre or post) a Troop meeting iffy. Dropping one of the
Troop meeting to replace it with the PLC seems like dropping the momentum
of those maintaining attendance. "New" elections were about 6-8 weeks ago.
Adult leaders are presenting parts of the program that the kids either drop
the ball on or haven't gotten the background to take the role of
instructor. Excellent outdoor program (somewhere monthly).
My thought... present taking the existing patrols and consolodate into 2-3
with those who are active. Initially, take some Troop time to do a PLC.
An instructor (boy or ...adult) does an activity with the rest of the Troop
(as shortly symantically put as I know how) that all - most in the PLC have
pretty well. That gets the PLC going in spurts (say 15-29 min's) or
prepares them with extending the idea of peer Guides-instructors,
The Troop DOES do the yearly planning PLC and all of the adult leaders
strongly support Boy run.
Has anyone restructured in this or a similar way? Even though I'm the
newest (I've done SMF) I have no hesitation to presenting the idea to the
other adults for consideration based on any sort of pecking order (which is
non-existant as far as I can-have detected) This is a Troop with an
outstanding history and background. The ingrdiants are there.
Jim Gulf Ridge Council
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